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CONSERVATION PROPERTIES

IRONBARK STATION (BLACKBUTT)

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Westbore
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Westbore
Westbore
Westbore

Quick Snapshot

  • 3,450 acres.
  • Great Dividing Range, where East coast meets dry West.
  • Purchased 325 acres in 1994 to save a dwindling koala population
  • Immediately commenced reforestation including 44,000 Eucalypts.
  • Purchased 325 acres in 1998, of totally destroyed/ poisoned cattle property- commenced immediate reforestation, restoration.
  • Established 5 acre facility for rehab marsupials in 1999.
  • Purchased 1,000 acres of grazing property in 1999.
  • Year 2000, Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund.
  • We will continue to expand on purchasing adjoining land as it comes available.
  • Iron Bark Station is designated as a wildlife sanctuary and Australia's foremost rehabilitation/ release facility for native species.
  • Since 2001 a full time wildlife rehabilitator has been instated.
  • Purchased 1,800 acres in 2002.

Infrastructure

  • 5 acre marsupial hack-out enclosure for the introduction of injured and orphaned kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs, pademelons, potoroos to the wild.
  • Manager's residence, staff accommodation, wildlife emergency care, communications.
  • 2 fully equipped emergency/ rescue 4WD vehicles.
  • Fire fighting unit, field study headquarters, maintenance/ repair/ construction works sheds including tools and appliances, noxious weed equipment.
  • Lucas mill for recycling poisoned trees.
  • Machinery- 3 tractors, bulldozer, backhoe, forklift, all terrain vehicles, accessories, fuel depot and slashers.
  • Stockmen's / staff quarters, stock yards, camping ground.
  • Continued education base (staff only)
  • Koala, possum and glider hack-out enclosures.
  • Aviaries for re-habilitation. Hack-out for mammals.
  • Nursery for joeys.
  • Tasmanian Devil breeding facility
  • Quarries, landscape material stockpiles, loading ramps/ docks.
  • Access roads, tracks, easements, fire breaks.
  • Stock fencing- wildlife friendly.
  • Bulk grain silo, Bulk feed shed.

Programs

  • Wildlife feeding stations.
  • Propagation/planting/reforestation of native trees.
  • Habitat restoration and maintenance.
  • Waterway management and dam construction.
  • General maintenance, repairs and construction.
  • Sick, injured and orphaned wildlife care.
  • Wildlife backing into the sanctuary.
  • Wildlife study.
  • Fire prevention.
  • Noxious weed control.
  • Feral pest eradication and prevention.
  • Slashing.
  • Irrigation of newly planted eucalyptus trees.
  • Machinery maintenance overhauls and upgrades.
  • Fencing.
  • Scientific studies.
  • Wildlife surveys.
  • Road maintenance and upgrade.
  • Works repairs, maintenance and new construction.
  • Scientific Study.
    • Environmental assessment.

Future Programs

  • Continued reforestation and habitat restoration.
  • Adjoining land acquisitions.
  • Cattle versus wildlife study.
  • Expansion of rehabilitation and hack-out facilities.
  • Establish Australia Zoo "off display breeding" and "run a muck" areas.
  • Reintroduce extirpated and critically threatened local species back into regenerated/ secure habitats.
  • Educate and train wildlife carers, Australia Zoo staff, university and college graduates.